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    Swindon Stadium

    I was talking to a group from Swindon (non speedway fans) yesterday who gave me an update regarding the new stadium at Swindon. Apparently the old stadium is about to be demolished but it's not clear when work starts on the replacement one? I hope that this doesn't turn into another Reading based on false hopes. Anybody any news (I can't find any reliable information) as Blunsdon holds many memories for yours truly?
  2. Another very good read...especially enjoyed the article on Dag Lovaas and his recent visit to Oxford (photos supplied by my uncle, one time Oxford track photographer, Keith Lawson).
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    Letter to Ivan

    Very touching story.
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    Norway

    I saw Christer on a few occasions...last time riding for Hackney against 'The Rebels' in 1975 when he registered 13 points. He was one ride away from being World Champion in 1972 at Wembley when he ran a last in one of his rides.
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    Swindon Stadium

    The whole situation at Swindon has been a farce and a badly handled Public Relations exercise...but what do you expect when Clark Osborne is involved.
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    London History Site

    I'm certainly glad that I enjoyed three years watching 'The Rebels' at Wood Lane and visits to Hackney and Wimbledon.
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    Oxford Speedway

    Thanks for that Rob! You would have met my uncle, Keith Lawson, at Dag's recent reunion.
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    Norway

    It was rumoured that Harrfeldt was to sign for 'The Rebels' in 1974 but it never materialised. Would have enjoyed watching him but it was not to be.
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    Oxford Speedway

    Not sure if Reg ever rode for 'The Cheetahs'? I recall that they both rode at New Cross some years earlier?
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    Norway

    That quite surprises me...didn't know that. Can you recall who was riding for Denmark? I remember Kurt Bogh and Bent Norgaard(?) but am struggling with names. Norway, on the other hand, had many useful riders during that era.
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    Oxford Speedway

    Sadly I think that you are correct despite all the good intentions and that pains me having been a regular at Cowley for 30 plus years and my father from 1949.
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    Norway

    However I do remember Preben Rosenkilde who rode for a short while at Oxford in 1972 (as a replacement for the ill-fated Svein Kaasa) on the recommendation of Garry Middleton. He had also ridden for Halifax and West Ham and later turned up at Newport in 1976 but didn't remain long. Was more accomplished on longtracks I seem to recall.
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    Oxford Speedway

    There's an article about Dag Lovaas' recent visit to Cowley in the latest 'Backtrack' magazine and the pictures show Cowley to be in quite a desperate state. I last callled in last year and the stadium was in a bad way...it will require someone with no little money to turn the place around and in the current climate I just can't see that as a possibilty sad to say.
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    YOUR memories of AUSTRALIANS in Britain (1970-90)

    However he did post a couple of strong averages (10+) during his last years spent riding in England.
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    YOUR memories of AUSTRALIANS in Britain (1970-90)

    Remember Neil well. Looked useful at Wimbledon and then allocated to Poole in 1975 and was never the same rider. Rode at Newport briefly in 1976 before signing foe White City and lasted one match and promptly retired.
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    Norway

    Yes I well remember the combined Norway/Denmark team of 1972 & 73...formulated to include Denmark's one classy rider at the time Ole Olsen.
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    Swindon Stadium

    ...and three plus years when I raised this particular thread!
  18. Excellent article!
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    British League Division Two

    When the Second Division was formed back in 1968 the idea was to produce a constant flow of British talent who many would progress and compete in the higher tier. It was a very successful formula in its formative years and I can only think how many riders who competed at Eastbourne and later turned their talents to Division One, Dave Jessup, Gordon and David Kennett, Malcolm Ballard, Trevor Geer, Bobby McNeil, Paul Gachet, Neil Middleditch, Roger Johns, Steve Weatherley, Eric Dugard and much later the likes of Martin Dugard, Dean Barker and David Norris when the leagues had drifted very much apart. I do wonder if any other team produced so much talent...Belle Vue and Ipswich probably the obvious choices. As a supporter of Oxford I got to see many of these riders at Cowley due to our promotional tie up taking part in the old second halves and think myself very lucky that I was able to enjoy watching so much talent. Of course we also got to see many Peterborough riders (Richard Greer and John Davis instantly come to mind amongst others) who went on to ride in Division One. I do wonder if the demise of the ethic of the old Second Division and later New National League and much later the effect of 'Stewkesbury Plan' began to create the problems British Speedway now faces with the lack of British talent that was once abundant and Britain ruled the world in speedway terms?
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    British League Division Two

    Yes the late John Berry was always less than complimentary regarding Stewkesbury and his self driven agenda.
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    Riders Who Never Made It?

    Yes I recall a section of Oxford fans being particularly vociferous but then again I do recall Cradley fans being somewhat 'passionate' about their heroes. I guess that there was/is always a section of fans who shout abuse at random and the third bend at Cowley used to attract it's fair share of idiots (Coventry included) who used to indulge in 'banter' which occasionally went over the bounds. I would definately agree with Wolves fans whereby a trip to Monmore would test one's resilience!
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    Riders Who Never Made It?

    Sounds about right...a couple of lost causes who promised much.
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    Riders Who Never Made It?

    Paul Dugard promised so much but just wasn't professional enough in his approach unlike his brother. Niger De'Ath on a number of occasions seemed to have made it...recall Ronnie Correy riding straight thru' him at Cowley which knocked the stuffing out of him.
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    Riders Who Never Made It?

    Remember it well...Martin Dugard taking Tommy Knudsen off at Cowley during the second rain-sodden match. Lars Munkedal...one of the worse signings Oxford made during the Nielsen era despite a couple or inspired rides in my opinion.
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    Riders Who Never Made It?

    ...Don't remind me however they were useful reserves and certainly worthy team members backing up a strong 1-5 in 1987 & 1988.
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